Arrest Bush Day arrives today in Surrey, B.C. “Next Stage” of Anti-Bush Protest To Begin Today
Thurs,. 20 October, 2011: 8:47 A.M. PT
This blogger writes: Today’s the day, folks! We anti-Bush Canadians living in the Metro Vancouver area are only hours away now from the arrival of former U.S. president George W. Bush at the Surrey Sheraton Hotel, in the border city of Surrey, B.C., where Bush is scheduled to speak to the Regional Economic Development Summit. Bush will be joined by former president Bill Clinton.
Police say they are geared up to face-down what will likely be hundreds of protestors representing at least four organized groups surging toward the Sheraton. The REAL target is George W. Bush : liar, sadist, torturer, war criminal.
Occurring simultaneously with the protests at the Sheraton, the Canadian Centre for International Justice is asking a justice of the peace to approve a 69-page draft indictment against Bush, alleging he was behind the torture of four men who were detained in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
The group said it had 4,000 pages of documents supporting its case for trying Bush under the Canadian criminal code.
The legal manoeuvre comes in tandem with a letter signed by more than 50 human rights organizations and individuals, including Amnesty International.
City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has kept her silence over the past week while facing a barrage of letters, emails and tweets asking her to un-invite Bush from the city. Municipal elections are only weeks away, Watts’ election signboards are already up around the city and the mayor is playing it safe by staying strictly silent on the issue.
Not so inspiring a side of Mayor Watts, whose government has so dramatically transformed the former nondescript City of Surrey into a world class model city.
The weather here is cold and rainy today, that might keep some protestors home. But not all of them.
Emotions run high about George W. Bush here in Canada. Following is a sampling of comments left on news bulletin boards locally:
- “Someone should kick Bush in the balls when he visits.. I think he deserves it.”
- “The Bush family are some of the most evil people on this earth, why would Canada ever want one of them in their country? Please turn him over to be prosecuted for his war crimes, so that the would will see some justice, and can begin to heal.”
- “Fascism is on the rise.”
- “George W. Bush: Liar. Sadist. Torturer. “Dry” Drunk. Psychopath. War Criminal. Undiagnosed adult ADHD case. His Yankee citizenship is the only thing protecting him from due legal process. America still gets away with murder with impunity in this world.”
“More and more in our times Canadians have wondered just what kind of continental neighbour America, is, exactly. Where will it all end?”
That’s what this blog is all about.